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Former GPD Chiefs: Tenorio endangered lives

Posted: Jul 10, 2018 5:06 PM Updated:

Two former Chiefs of police say Lieutenant Governor Ray Tenorio endangered lives when he pulled a Guam Police Department SWAT officer’s weapon from his holster Saturday night at the Tumon BBQ Block Party.

Tenorio, a candidate for Governor, in a statement said he “noticed an officer’s gun was unsecured at the event with thousands of people present … I saw a teaching moment and wanted to demonstrate the danger of this” so he went up behind the officer and drew the cop’s weapon from its holster. Former Chief of Police Frank Ishizaki said that was the wrong call.

“Very, very reckless,” Ishizaki said. “I hope that he learns from this – maybe a teaching moment should be for the Lt. Governor.”

Do you think the Lt. Governor endangered lives when he pulled the weapon from a veteran SWAT officer’s holster?

“Absolutely. No question about it,” Ishizaki said.

“Going  for an officer’s firearm, and pulling it out of the holster – really presented a risk that the gun could’ve gone off and discharged – someone could’ve got hurt,” former GPD Chief Fred Bordallo said.

Former GPD Chief Fred Bordallo also calling out Tenorio for using the ‘I used to be a GPD academy instructor’ card – Bordallo was an officer-in-charge of training for GPD.

“When we do training scenarios like that, we’re not consuming alcohol, it’s in a training facility and we’re not going to put any public or any citizens at risk,” Bordallo said.

KUAM News cameras catching Tenorio drinking beers at the BBQ block party – or as some in the community are calling it now – the BBQ Glock Party. Both chiefs telling KUAM News the Lt. Governor should know better - alcohol and firearms don’t mix.

“If the Lieutenant Governor was drunk, certainly it adds to the danger to the community,” Ishizaki said.

Multiple sources confirm with KUAM News Tenorio grabbed the service weapon of veteran SWAT officer Sgt. Carl Cruz. Cruz is also an expert marksman with Guam Army National Guard.

“If anybody else had done this, they would’ve been arrested,” Ishizaki said.

Sources telling KUAM News Tenorio tried to take Cruz’s weapon several times, prompting Cruz to become angry and push Tenorio. These sources even saying Tenorio mocked Sgt. Cruz by dangling the gun out of Cruz’s reach.

“You don’t do that in a public place like that - and you’ve been drinking,” Bordallo said. “I think it’s the alcohol to be affecting the Lt. Governor’s judgment to try three times to take the officer’s weapon out of the holster.”

“It is crazy and dangerous and reckless,” Ishizaki added.

Bordallo telling KUAM News it’s wrong for Tenorio to throw Sgt. Cruz under the bus – and that Tenorio’s behavior sends the message that it’s ok to try and take officer’s weapons if you’ve been drinking.

“Is his firearms license even updated?” Bordallo asked.

Tenorio said he took the officer’s weapon because he was concerned for “public safety” – but Ishizaki said the Lt. Governor created a hazard for those attending the event in Tumon.

“You’re endangering public safety anytime you unholster a gun or getting into any situation where you’re grabbing a gun from somebody – that’s a very dangerous situation,” Ishizaki said.

Tenorio did not return numerous messages for comment, and Adelup spokesperson Oyaol Ngiriraikl told us Tenorio’s schedule was “pretty tight” today. GPD issuing a release saying officers on the scene Saturday wrote incident reports and Chief J.I. Cruz will review them and “move forward” – since no criminal complaint was filed – no investigation is underway.

Chief Cruz, a prominent supporter of the Tenorio/Ada team – he even led the BOTA motorcade for the village of Yona – KUAM News asking if Chief Cruz would be motivated – or unbiased enough - to look into Saturday’s incident.

“It’s a good question you ask – I don’t know if Chief J.I. Cruz is capable of conducting or directing an objective investigation,” Ishizaki said.

KUAM News requesting video of the incident – which according to sources does exist - and copies of all incident reports through Freedom of Information Act requests while both Ishizaki and Bordallo say the Attorney General should investigate the incident if GPD won’t, since Tenorio’s actions were potentially criminal.

“Sometimes, an investigation can be initiated without a complaint,” Ishizaki said. “the actions were so reckless, that a criminal investigation should be done.”

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